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Post by Jay29 on Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:30 pm

The touring squad heading to the US has been announced:

Keepers: Bernd Leno, Emi Martinez, Matt Macey

Defenders: Sokratis, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers, Dinos Mavropanos, Zech Medley, Hector Bellerin, Carl Jenkinson, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Dominic Thompson

Midfielders: Granit XHAKA, Joe Willock, Robbie Burton, James Olayinka, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Emile Smith Rowe

Forwards: Alex Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabriel Martinelli, Reiss Nelson, Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Tyreece John-Jules

Mateo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi are unavailable due to international commitments.

Laurent Koscielny is burning his bridges and sulking.

Holding and Bellerin being included is likely more for team bonding and promotional exercises than anything. It's unlikely they'll see much game time, if at all.

The squad is thin on central midfielders currently with Guendouzi, Torreira and Elneny away, hence the inclusions of Burton and Olayinka. I expect Maitland-Niles will play a lot there.

It's the first chance to watch Martinelli in action, and a big pre-season for Nelson, as a first team spot is likely up for grabs.

No Xavier Amaechi, who's looking likely to leave the club.

Anyway, the first game is against Colorado Rapids on Tuesday. Arsenal then play Bayern (18/7), Fiorentina (20/7) and Madrid (24/7) before returning home to play Lyon in the Emirates Cup on the 28th.

The team then flies to Angers for a game on the 28th, before contesting the Gamper Trophy against Barcelona on August 4. Season starts away to Newcaslte on the 11th.

All in all, it'll be one of the busiest pre-seasons I've seen in a long time.


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Post by AnJl on Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:17 pm

Just realised Bielk is also not included in the squad.

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Post by Jay29 on Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:35 pm

Bielik is on holiday after his exploits at the U21 Euros, fwiw. Poland went deeper than England and Bielik played every game, hence he's away while Nelson has returned.
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Post by AnJl on Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:08 pm

Do you believe he has a place in the squad, especially with our situation?

Also, shouldnt the club come out with a clear direction, now that they have Edu in his role?

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Post by Jay29 on Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:26 pm

Probably not. Reports I've seen suggest he's going to leave so he can play and that the management aren't too keen on him anyway.

There was an interview with Sanllehi and Vinai about the direction of the club not too long ago. Should be in the Lobby somewhere.
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Post by Sina on Mon Jul 15, 2019 5:28 pm

2AM( UK time) kick off tonight

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Post by Jay29 Yesterday at 7:08 am

A young Arsenal team won 3-0. Goals from Saka, Olayinka and Martinelli.

From the clips I saw, the kids were really good, and the first teamers kinda sucked when they came on.

Worryingly, Smith Rowe didn't feature as he's still dealing with a groin problem, apparently. He's not expected to feature much at all in the States.
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Post by Jay29 Yesterday at 6:44 pm

Just checking out the highlights. Not sure it's worth much at this stage, but they lined-up 4-4-2 in the first half:

Macey; Jenkinson, Chambers, Medley, Thompson; Martinelli, Olayinka, Burton, Saka; Nketiah, John-Jules

The shaped seemed to stay the same after Lacazette, Aubameyang and Ozil came on. Hard to tell with Ozil drifting wherever he wants, though.
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Post by mani88 Yesterday at 6:53 pm

I felt it was a 4-3-3. With nketiah having martenelli and saka on both sides. Olayinka amd Burton being CMs and John-jules being the free roaming AM, but I watched glimpses only so not sure about it.

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Post by Jay29 Yesterday at 6:55 pm

Could be. John-Jules was certainly the deeper of the two forwards, though don't think he dropped into midfield much like an AM would. This is just from me skimming through highlights, though.
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